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Corella management plan for Horsham

Horsham Rural City Council is working on a suite of options to aid in the management of problem corellas that are impacting assets and open public space in the Wimmera. Council development services director Angela Murphy said the options would focus on non-lethal forms of management and are being developed in conjunction with Horsham environmental […]

Annual Apsley burn completed

An annual Apsley Common planned burn in West Wimmera has been completed. Forest Fire Management Victoria Wimmera district manager Glenn Rudolph said it was an important burn for the Wimmera district. “The area has been identified as important for the protection of the Apsley township, and is conducted annually to reduce bushfire risk in the […]

Redirecting recyclables

Ararat Rural City will combine three waste handling facilities into one following a substantial grant from the Labor Government. Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said $160,000 had been approved for the Lake Bolac Resource Recovery Centre. The project will consolidate three existing facilities in Ararat Rural City into one best-practice facility to maximise recovery […]

Giant lizard surprises Roy

A Horsham woman and her dog have had a close encounter with what she described as a large, one-metre long lace monitor in her backyard. Michelle Pedder said she ran outside at her Horsham North property when her dog Roy started barking at the lizard. “This large, three-foot plus lizard was on the ground on […]

PHOTOS | Escaping the heat

Sisters Auraya and Alurahian Leffler, from Goroke, escape the heat at Horsham Aquatic Centre.

As the weather heats up people head to cooler places. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER

Water for historic Dimboola billabong

Wotjobaluk people will mark the anniversary of their 2005 Native Title Consent Determination by returning water to one of their most culturally significant sites along the Wimmera River. Barengi Gadjin Land Council and Wotjobaluk traditional owners started environmental watering at The Ranch Billabong at Dimboola on Friday. The activity, supported by Wimmera Catchment Management Authority […]

St Marys sets the sustainable pace

REWARD: Dirt Girl and Costa the Garden Gnome congratulate Willaura Primary School students Sophie Walker, Max Jenkinson and Carl Phillips.

St Marys Catholic Primary School at Warracknabeal is ResourceSmart Schools School of the Year for the region. The school won the award during ResourceSmart Schools celebrations at Longerenong College. It also won an energy-section award, ranked as a five-star school – the highest ranking in the program – and will receive a ‘special buddy’ bench […]

Wimmera comet viewing

The wide expanses of the Wimmera will provide amateur astronomers with a front-row seat to the brightest comet to appear in the night sky this year. The ‘Christmas comet’, officially called 46P/Wirtanen, will make its closest approach to earth late at night on Sunday. The comet, in the north-east sky, is clearly visible with binoculars […]

Little Desert milestone

December marks the 50th anniversary since the declaration of the Little Desert National Park. To mark the milestone, Victorian National Parks Association has created a podcast documenting the 1960s political dispute that ended in the protection of the unique area. The protection of the Little Desert also marked a political turning point for nature conservation and community consultation […]

Grampians shine at annual tourism awards

Grampians businesses and attractions have again performed strongly at RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. Regular top performer, Dunkeld’s Royal Mail Hotel, led the way for the Grampians, winning two gold medals. Other Grampians enterprises also enjoyed wins at Melboune’s Crown Casino, with Golton in the Gap, Autopia Tours, Auswalk and Parks Victoria also claiming gold. Grampians […]

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